May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! Rural Health, Inc. wants you to know that there is a lot you can do to prevent skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light.
To lower your skin cancer risk, protect your skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning. Follow these easy options—
- Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours.
- Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.
- Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.
- Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection.
- Avoid indoor tanning.
For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin